Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

First Pages Series with Tara Lazar

Date(s) - 06/28/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


First page sessions are a great way to get quick feedback on your manuscript. For our first session for picture book authors, we have invited author, prolific blogger and Story Storm host Tara Lazar, to be our guest mentor. Tara has published over 10 books with various publishers and is an active supporter of the kidlit community. Visit her website at
All Hawaii chapter members are welcome to attend free, BUT only 8 manuscript slots, 15$ each, are available on a first come, first served basis. Deadline to submit is June 21,2020. We will send a link to Zoom to attendees prior to the event.
During the two hour session, each manuscript will get 15 minutes of critique time. When registering, be aware that we will be sharing manuscripts on the screen, and reading them aloud. Tara will then give her first impression on it, what works and what doesn’t. Even if you miss the opportunity to submit your own manuscript, this is a terrific opportunity for all to hear from a seasoned author, and learn from others.
Our first session is for picture book manuscripts only, but we are already planning the next sessions for MG, YA and portfolio reviews for illustrators. Please submit your manuscript up to 500 words or less, no dummies. Illustration notes don’t count towards wordcount.
Deadline for submitting your manuscript is one week before the event. June 21,2020.
After Booking please send first pages to with FIRST PAGES in the subject line. Please label your word document or PDF file with the manuscript title. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your email, and make sure it’s not in the document either.
About Tara:
Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books where anything is possible!
Tara’s picture book 7 ATE 9 won the 2018 Crystal Kite for the SCBWI Atlantic region. She has 8 other books in print with Big 5 publishers…plus many more to come. She hosts the annual Storystorm story idea challenge and serves as co-chair of the RUCCL One-on-One Plus Conference.
Visit her writing blog for tips from kidlit writers and illustrators at or follow her on Twitter @taralazar and Instagram @taralaser.